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Missing legacy mode will hurt ARM Windows 8 according to Intel

Intel CEO Paul Otellini is certainly feeling a bit of heat as ARM processor architecture is set to come into Intel's traditional market of notebooks running Windows and compete head-to-head. Intel has been unable to compete directly against ARM in the mobile market for smartphones and tablets due to the higher power consumption of Intel chips. That is changing, however, with Intel "Medfield"-based smartphones coming to market.
 
Otellini was addressing a group of investors at Intel's investor day this week and took the time to throw stones at ARM platforms running Windows RT.

"There's been a lot of debate that [Windows 8] is going to be a real entree for the ARM camp into Windows for the first time," said Otellini. "While at face value, that's true...[but] I think they have a big uphill fight."

During the meeting, Intel showed off a new ultrabook with a touchscreen that was running Windows 8. The demonstration showed how the machine could be changed between the new touch centric Metro mode and a classic mode with the keyboard and mouse for control called legacy mode.
 
"With one button you can get to legacy mode...this is critically important for CIOs who want to preserve all of their investments in software," he said. "We have the advantage of the incumbency, advantage of the legacy support. Not just in terms of applications but devices."
 
Otellini also said that Windows 8 on ARM lacks corporate enterprise readiness which will further limit it's appeal. 

Source: CNET



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By Crazyeyeskillah on 5/11/2012 8:57:18 AM , Rating: 1
I love processors. Intel hasn't always been the best but they have taken a comfortable seat atop the food chain these days. If intel is going to be introducing medfield devices, I don't see how ARM making a splash on a low power, lower need windows 8 device will really hurt Intel, given the integrated graphics they can deliver now that they have beefed up processor graphics solutions. It seems like they may trade some market share, but i think it's clear that the growth segment is going to be in the power sipping low drain low to medium performance multimedia devices. That is the real battleground.




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